LUNA Q&A: Revelstokian Nicolas Houle painting herons

LUNA Q&A: Revelstokian Nicolas Houle painting herons

See everyday spaces transformed in the night at the second annual LUNA Nocturnal Art & Wonder in Revelstoke Sept. 29.

The arts festival brings creativity and energy to the streets of Revelstoke. Visitors have six hours to discover over 40 art installations selectively places within the downtown core, enhanced with music, food, performances and business events.

Installations may appear in shop windows, empty spaces, alleyways and unexpected places as the familiar is transformed into something new and fantastic.

Nicolas Houle has created paintings for LUNA.

Tell us about the art you create. What mediums do you use? What is your style?

As an artist I’m always trying to explore new style and technique, I love colour contrast, cartoon style but I also love realistic and detailed work. My style style varies a lot as a young artist. I do most of my work with acrylic paint. I also like to dabble with digital media

When and how did you get started as an artist?

I’ve always been creating and drawing for most of life but I started painting more frequently about four years ago when I was living in Whistler.

How has your art changed over the years?

I think my work these days is done more efficiently and also cleaner. For the most part it has remained kind of similar.

What inspires your creations?

My surroundings, my head state, and also lots of different artists.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

I try to put art aside for a few days maybe, skateboard, snowboard, visit a museum, go for a trip in the city. The city always inspires me, I also love to browse Instagram to see what other artist are up to.

If you could have coffee with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love to go for a coffee with Keith haring in New York city in the 1980. He’s a great inspiration and it sounded like a good time back then.

What is something you have always wanted to try artistically? Why?

Screen printing. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibilities

Why did you apply to be involved in LUNA? Were you involved last year?

I’m just really excited to be part of the local art scene and I like to challenge myself with new project. This will be my first LUNA and hopefully not the last.

Can you give us a teaser of what you are creating?

My biggest painting will be a big blue heron. Blue heron are part of Revelstoke and a protected species also suffering of housing problem.

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